October General Meeting: City of Dallas “One Water” Program & the Future of the Trinity Watershed

October Program: City of Dallas “One Water” Program & the future of the Trinity Watershed

Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Location: Brookhaven College

Please join us for a presentation by Terry Lowery and Sarah Standifer of the City of Dallas who will give us an overview of the City’s “One Water” and the future management of creeks, channels, and the Trinity River in Dallas.  As the Trinity River is an important part of the NTMN programs this informative session will provide us information we can all use.

Because we anticipate a lot of questions please, feel free to submit your questions in advance to programs@ntmn.org.

Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) will serve as the City’s “One Water” system for all water-related activities. Thus, allowing the City to manage watersheds, water resources, and water facilities in an environmentally, economically, and socially beneficial manner. By consolidating storm water drainage, water supply, and wastewater utilities, Dallas will better align itself with national standards and take a holistic approach to planning, operating, and anticipating future needs for its water system. Functions related to environmental inspection activities will be absorbed by the Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability.

6:30 Meet and eat
7:00 Introduction and Announcements
7:20 Featured Presentation
8:45 Adjournment

The meeting place for August is:
Brookhaven College
Miles Building Room H-125
3939 Valley View Lane
Farmers Branch, TX 75244

As always all of our meetings are free and open to the public.

Hope to see YOU there!

Jim’s This & That September 2018

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JIM’S THIS & THAT: September 2018 We survived another Texas summer…and this one was pretty miserable. With cooler weather around the corner, some great activities are heating up. Check ‘em out. Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings. Not all things are blessed, but the seeds of all things are blessed. The blessing is in the seed. (Muriel Rukeyser, 1913 – 1980) *** Take a look inside for… 1. Links to community calendars … and including … 2. News You Can Use: articles, activities, and resources 3. Area organizations… Read More →

Dragonflyer #74 – August 2018

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A Message from our President

Bruce Stewart, NTMN President, provides a summary of the summer social and the celebration of our 20th year as a Texas Master Naturalist chapter. He also asks the question – what is the right size for us? Read the article here.

NTMN member Heather Lowe presents fellow NTMN member Connie Koval with a 20th anniversary patch for completing a winning game board at the Summer Social.

NTMNs Out and About

2018 Nature Leaders
Discover how Rosemont Elementary School 5th grade students are learning about the Blackland Prairie by becoming Nature Leaders at Twelve Hills Nature Center.

Lepidopterists’ Society June Field Trip
Several NTMNs attended the Dallas County Lepidopterists’ Society June field trip, and John Wilt outlines why his farm is a “Master Naturalist paradise.”

Hexalectris Orchid Survey
Read how NTMN Stephanie Varnum and volunteers team up with Dr. Marcy Brown Marsden to survey these unique plants at Cedar Ridge Preserve each summer.

Summer Social Success!!

As noted in the President’s Message above, the summer social was well attended with over 100 combined members and guests. We celebrated our 20th year with historical memorabilia and opportunities to chat with special guests throughout our NTMN history. There were also several activities during the evening: a homemade ice cream contest, the annual cherry spitting contest, and a photo booth.

View the Summer Social Photo Album

View the Summer Social Photo Booth Album

Photo by Alan R. Lusk

Volunteer Projects At a Glance

Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill
The Audubon nature center is nestled at the mouth of the Dogwood Canyon, an uplift of the Balcones (White Rock) Escarpment. Volunteers are vital for support of Dogwood Canyon’s small staff, programs, and habitat.

Have you Discovered LLELA Yet?
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area offers hiking, fishing, paddling, camping, education, and research. For the Master Naturalist, LLELA offers a range of options for volunteering and advanced training.

Fall Class Happenings

Welcome the Fall Class of North Texas Master Naturalists
his class achieves our goal to increase and strengthen diversity in our chapter and volunteer base. Meet the fall class applicants in this article.


Friends of a Feather
One of the Spring 2018 class projects was to raise public awareness of some of the threats our urban environment brings to wild birds, and also to highlight the work of Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, in Hutchins.

Conservation’s Hemorrhaging Pocketbook
R3 coordinators nationwide are marketing to new audiences, leveraging new values, and tapping into new resources in order to make hunting, fishing and shooting sports as sexy as they once were. But what if that’s not enough?

The Media Room

The below photo albums are submitted by our phenomenal NTMN photo committee:

Dogwood Canyon Walks

Lepidopterist Meeting

LLELA 2018

NPAT Prairie Bus Tour

Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center


2018 Nominations
The Nominating Committee, led by our Immediate Past President, Judy Parsons, has begun its work to determine the next slate of nominees to fill open Officer and Director positions.

Register now for the TMN Annual Meeting in Georgetown, Texas

This year the Master Naturalist program is celebrating its 20th year (just like our chapter)! Registration is now open. Registration for the meeting and accommodation reservations are a little different this year, so make sure you register AND book your room to ensure you are both enrolled in the classes you want AND have a place to stay! To view the full agenda, visit the Annual Conference page on the TMN website.

In addition to knocking out hours and hours of AT in one weekend, you can also showcase your talents by participating in several contests: photo, art, and media; video; and the project fair. Visit the Annual Conference page for rules and deadlines.

Your 2018 Board of Directors

General NTMN Information

Monthly meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of each month starting at 6:30 pm and are always open to the public. Check ntmn.org for speaker announcements and location.

Officers and Committee Listing

Our Mission

To develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural wild areas within their communities within the state of Texas.

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September General Meeting – Frogs–They are Calling….are you Listening?

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Meeting will be: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Episcopal School of Dallas







Frogs–They are Calling….are you Listening?

Frogs are all over the metroplex, but you are more likely to hear them before you see them!  Join Jessie Crowley, Lead Naturalist Educator for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and frog lover for a few tips and tricks to ID local frogs and toads by sight and sound.  We will end this presentation with a night hike to listen for frogs in the area.  There will also be a few live frog species on display to view before the presentation.

After graduating from the University of Illinois with a BS degree in Animal Science, Jessie worked as a herpetologist at the Dallas Zoo.  She currently works at the Perot Museum as the Lead Naturalist Educator.  When she is not teaching school programs or camps, you can find her writing curriculum, taking care of the live animal collection or leading the Jr. Master Naturalist Program.  Being an active Texas Master Naturalist, she enjoys volunteering her time to educate youths and adults about local flora and fauna, especially frogs!

Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018

6:30 Meet and eat
7:00 Introduction and Announcements
7:20 Featured Presentation
8:45 Adjournment

The meeting place for September is:
The Episcopal School of Dallas
4100 Merrell Rd.
Dallas, TX 75229

Parking is on the campus through the main gate or along Merrell.  There will be other NTMNs to direct you to the meeting space.

As always all of our meetings are free and open to the public.

Hope to see YOU there!